If you’re worried about the state of your roof, perhaps because it looks like it’s seen better days, or you think it won’t survive another winter, then perhaps it’s time to get a new roof fitted.
Here’s what to look out for.
1. Age of roof
Roofs are designed and installed to last a long time, but the effects of wind and rain, and other bad weather can shorten the life of a roof.
If you’ve never had your roof replaced, now might be a good time to get it examined by a professional.
2. Shingles buckled or curling
You might have noticed that some of the shingles have buckled or are curling. This is usually caused by the felt underlay getting wet and wrinkling.
3. Roof valleys
If you haven’t checked the state of your roof valleys recently, now might be a good time.
Roof valleys are the channels that run along the inside angles of a roof, and can corrode, especially if they trap leaves. Leaves and other trapped debris mean that rain water doesn’t drain properly, and so will soon overflow and drip on to your roof.
If your roof valleys are corroded, than there might be significant damage to your roof already.
4. Missing shingles
Missing shingles can mean that there are holes in your roof, which could be exposed to the elements and rotting.
It’s worth getting a professional in to have a look to see whether the missing shingles can be replaced or whether the whole roof needs to be replaced.
Whilst you might think you’re saving time, money and hassle by doing nothing, or trying to repair it yourself, it’s always worth getting advice from a professional.
5. Chimney flashing
Chimney flashing prevents water from entering your home, where the chimney meets the roof.
Damaged flashing can often be replaced, but the damage to your roof may already have been done.
6. Bits of shingle in the gutter
You might have noticed bits of shingle in your gutter at times. If there are damaged or missing shingles then you might leave your roof at risk of rotting.
7. Can see daylight through the roof boards
If you can see daylight through your roof boards, then this a sign that something is wrong, and you might need a new roof to replace your existing one.
Check in your attic to see if there are any holes. Also make sure you check for moisture in the insulation too.
8. Signs of water damage
Evidence of water damage might be obvious, as your walls or ceiling may be wet to the touch, or have stains where the water has dried out.
Water damage is a sure sign that you need to get your roof looked at by a roofing professional.
9. Loose fittings around the roof
Loose fittings around the roof could be an indication of missing or broken shingles, or damaged chimney flashing, and so need to be investigated.
If you’ve got a leak then you’ll definitely know there’s something wrong with your roof, and you should get a professional in to have a look as soon as possible.